ACT records 13 new cases of COVID-19, as territory braces for another month of lockdown

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The ACT has recorded 13 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as the territory endures what Chief Minister Andrew Barr says is one of the “toughest moments” in Canberra’s history.

At least eight of the new cases spent some time infectious in the community.

Five of the new cases are yet to be linked to a known case or transmission site. The remaining eight cases are all household contacts of a known case.

Seven people are now in hospital with the virus — one of those is in intensive care and requires ventilation.

Yesterday the ACT government announced the territory would remain in lockdown for another four weeks.

ACT vaccination rates remain strong

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said yesterday was another strong day of vaccinations for the territory.

“Today we will reach 75 per cent of the population aged 12 and over with at least one dose of a vaccine,” Mr Barr said.

“This number will continue to grow in the coming weeks, with around 70,000 people still waiting on a first dose through an ACT government clinic.”

Mr Barr said 12-15-year-olds would be able to book for a Pfizer vaccination at ACT government clinics from next week.

“Soon we will have administered first doses to everyone who wants one. And then the balance of the vaccination program will shift to second doses – and it will significantly pick up pace,” he said.

“When the nation moves forward with the national plan and crosses the 70 per cent vaccination threshold in mid-late October, and the 80 per cent vaccination threshold in early-mid November, the ACT’s vaccination program will put our city in a very strong position to gradually reopen.

“We will support the work that is being undertaken nationally and locally to achieve a COVID-normal life as soon as is possible.”

More to come.

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